Clippers' bench the difference in win over Bulls

Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:52pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Another productive outing by their bench allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to bolt past Chicago on Sunday, with reserve guard Jamal Crawford scoring 26 points in a 120-93 blowout of the Bulls at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick scored 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting, hitting all four of his three-pointers, Chris Paul had 19 and seven assists and DeAndre Jordan added 17 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks for the Clippers (32-16), who captured their fourth straight win.

Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 16 points, hitting five of six from three-point range.

The Clippers' reserves outscored Chicago's 58-18. That effort comes on the heels of Friday's performance, when the Clippers' bench torched the Los Angeles Lakers' second unit 56-25.

"We were so down after that Toronto game because for a month that's not who we've been," said Crawford, referring to a 112-94 loss Jan. 24 when the Raptors' backups held a 51-29 advantage over the Clippers.

"We got our butts kicked that game (but) we've bounced back nicely since then."

Jimmy Butler had 23 points and Derrick Rose contributed 20 points for the Bulls (26-20), who have dropped four of their last six games. Pau Gasol chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Rose said consistency has been the Bulls' biggest foe.

"It's the story of our year," said Rose, who made 10 of 17 shots and grabbed five rebounds. "Like I said, if I could put a finger on it ... I watch a lot of basketball and the only thing I could think of is the effort and sticking with the game plan."   Continued...

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) celebrates with guard Pablo Prigioni (L) and forward Wesley Johnson (R) after scoring during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers won 120-93. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports